Sulphites in Wine

A lot of rubbish is talked about sulphites in wine. And there are a lot of misconceptions. I should say that my starting point in relation to sulphites is that it is a chemical additive, and I am fundamentally in favour of the most natural wine possible, with the minimum of chemicals. I positively seek …

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GRAPE VARIETIES – Number 21: Palomino

Palomino is the grape variety for sherry; it is a white variety. As Jancis Robinson says in her book Vines, Grapes & Wines, “Palomino happens to produce a potentially great style of wine, but is not an inherently great grape.” Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that it needs the particular method that …

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There are no great wines, only great bottles

My friend Jacko opined a few years ago – and he is a person who is not short of opinions – that cooking is performance art. His thesis was: the kitchen works its artistry, the dishes are produced, and then “pouf” they are consumed. I asked him if he considered wine to be performance art …

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2013 Trip to France – Part 4

We awoke on Thursday morning in Carolyn Toulmin’s house. Our window gave on to a view of hillsides covered with frosty, hoar-whitened vines. We had a quick breakfast and were off to taste chez Mme. Girardin in Pommard. We tasted three wines here: her Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2011, which had good, dark colour, a peppery …

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